Beloved in Denver’s running community, Parthenia Jones, 60, was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame in 2011 for her tireless work at hundreds of road races over three decades.
“She has the heart of a lion,” said Creigh Kelley, a close friend for 30 years. “Her love just radiates. There’s not a person she hasn’t loved, and hasn’t loved her back. How could you not fall in love with her?”
Now, Jones needs all the love she can get. She is fighting a battle with cancer, and the cancer appears to be winning. Nevertheless, she shines with a peace that comforts those who worry about her.
“I can’t say I’m going to beat this,” Jones said. “It’s up to God. It’s his will, and he has a plan. I live for him every day. He’s the head of my life. Everything else is after that.”